Monday, 4 January 2010

A Toast To 2010 – 4/1/10

Happy New Year! We hope you had a luxurious break and enjoyed some bubbly on New Year’s Eve.

Speaking of champagne, we saw an interesting headline in the Telegraph: Recession Over? Champagne Sales Sparkle. It seems that in Britain, champagne sales have overflowed in the celebratory season. However, this sales jump was linked to “relentless price cutting and promotions engineered by supermarket chains”.

Business Week continued this topic with their article, French Welcome 2010 With Deep Champagne Discounts, which suggests the heavy discounting is damaging the champagne industry. French securities analyst Francis Pretre said, "We haven't seen such aggressive discounting since the big champagne crisis in 2000 [when prices fell after the millennium celebrations]. If it continues, it will create a real image problem for the champagne brand."

There’s no denying the champagne industry fizzled a bit in 2009 (see our MO Down article: A French Champagne Row Is Causing Sour) so let’s hope 2010 sees more cause for celebration.

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